Marie was my beautiful wife, a young lady of 37 enjoying life to the full. Then all of a sudden she was gone. The loss of Marie is so immense, and there is a huge hole in our family and a space that will never be filled within me. Marie was a devoted mother to her two young sons Daniel and James, big sister to Kay and Lisa, eldest daughter of Christine and Ray and a wonderful friend to many.

Marie developed epilepsy when she was 31 years of age and we do not know the reason for this. She coped well with her seizures but they were never fully controlled and we had never heard of SUDEP. Only close friends and family were aware of her condition as she tried to maintain a normal lifestyle.

In January 2013 Marie had returned to work as a music teacher at a secondary school. She loved music and had recently gained a further diploma in piano performance. She enjoyed work and was passionate about education in the wider sense.

On 23rd April 2013 Marie came home from work and complained to me that she was very tired. After giving a piano lesson to a young student at home she asked me to look after the children’s night time routine whilst she had an early night. I had earlier in the  day made a booking for our summer holiday in France and Marie was really happy when I told her we were going back to Fontainebleau where we had previously stayed. Later that night Marie had a seizure and died. We explained to her two young boys that Mummy went to sleep and never woke up.

We hope that this memorial fund in Marie’s name will inspire everyone to raise funds for research into a much needed cure.”

– Christopher Cherry, Daniel and James Cherry, Kay Salisbury and Lisa Cosgrove, Christine and Ray Davies, December 2013

To make a donation to Marie’s memorial fund, please use the link below.